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What You Need to Know About Sunscreen

By Sara Butler

There's a lot of misinformation floating around about sunscreen out there. But what's at stake -- your health and wellness -- is too important to go on believing myths about sunscreen. Here are a few of the things you need to know about safeguarding your skin all year long.

The Application

Most people think a quick swipe with a thin layer of sunscreen is all you need to get the job of protecting your skin done. But the American Academy of Dermatology found otherwise. They have observed that people use only about half of the amount of sunscreen they actually need to protect their skin.

You need about 1 ounce, the size of a shot glass, to cover the exposed areas of your skin -- perhaps more if you're in a bathing suit with more skin showing. The takeaway: Don't skimp on the sunscreen application because too much is always going to be better than not enough.

Your Face Doesn't Require Special Sunscreen

Sunscreen is sunscreen, it doesn't matter if it's meant for your face or not. In fact, you can use sunscreen that's advertised as sunscreen especially for the face on your whole body, and whole body sunscreen on your face. The more important thing is that you're protecting each part of your skin -- but the formula of sunscreen it doesn't really matter.

Sunscreen Expires

You may think that sunscreen is one of those things that never goes bad, but it does. Most sunscreens have an expiration date on the bottle. Pay attention to it because sunscreens can lose their effectiveness if they're too old, especially if they're exposed to heat. Throw out any containers you have that are over a year old and buy a fresh bottle.

Sport Sunscreen is Not Waterproof

Sunblock that advertises itself as waterproof or sweatproof is leading you astray -- and the Food and Drug Administration made them stop using the words on their bottles back in 2011. Now you might see it advertised as "water resistant," but it only has to work for 40 minutes in the water to use that in its advertising.

If you're going to be in the water or sweating heavily, you need to reapply sunscreen every hour while in the sun.

Sunscreen is so important to use, but you also have to know a little about it to use it to its fullest advantage. Make sure you're buying the right kind and reapplying it often. Stay safe out in the sun this summer!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio.

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